Mixed or average reviews - based on 80 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 80
  2. Negative: 11 out of 80
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  1. Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days is a superior sequel; a game that I enjoyed much more than the original, both in story and presentation style, and thankfully they worked in the online co-op.
  2. Despite its linearity, Kane & Lynch 2 offers memorable action sequences. There's a true visual identity, very efficient for conveying a brutal, ugly, reality that really captures our attention. Io Interactive was able to correct its original game, in order to deliver a visceral, life-like follow-up.
  3. The Story may end a bit disappointingly and the level design is far from flawless, but nice gameplay-ideas and (above all) a great multiplayer-experience help to keep this game from being completely unworthy of your time. In fact: as soon as you go for the multiplayer-features (coop!), this game definitely has its moments.
  4. In short: Kane and Lynch 2 is a vast improvement over the original and a multiplayer must.
  5. The gunplay is tighter and the online features are better, but even as a measurable improvement over the original, Kane & Lynch 2 feels like it's still catching up with what others in the genre have been doing right all along. It isn't quite the blockbuster it intends to be, but it is a competent if unexceptional shooter with unmistakable flavor and interesting online modes.
  6. Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days provides what the original could not - fantastically gory action over a stunning backdrop of mob warfare and careless violence. There are still a few issues carried over that mar the overall package, but both Mr Kane and Mr Lynch now most definitely have our full attention.
  7. Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days is dirty and ruthless. Thanks to the compelling staging the more usual story isn't such a big failure. The developers did well to keep the gun fighting diversified so that every fight is new.
  8. In conclusion, if you're a fan of the criminal underworld gaming genre, than you're in for a treat as you are taken on a wild journey with your two hosts, Kane and Lynch.
  9. Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days is a great action game, with some original ideas that make up for one of the greatest action games thus far this year. We get the complete package: Great coop and competitive game modes, compelling gameplay and story, good visuals and a couple of charming characters.
  10. Kane and Lynch 2: Dog Days is not without its problems, and as a modern third-person shooter it appallingly lacks some gameplay elements that are considered standard in games of this type. Despite these shortcomings it still deserves to be played, largely due to its great visual style and atmosphere, easy to pick up and enjoy multiplayer modes and co-op offerings.
  11. Official Xbox Magazine
    This explosive follow-up builds on all the things we enjoyed about the first game while enhancing--or completely replacing--most of the elements that dragged Dead Men into the doldrums. [Oct 2010, p.70]
  12. A lovingly crafted, full-bodied shooter. [Sept 2010]
  13. 75
    A unique experience that improves upon the original in almost every way, but the excitement of the story is washed down by limited content.
  14. I have to admit, Dog Days was a much better showing for the duo but not quite what I had hoped for in terms of gameplay.
  15. 84
    Ultimately, IO Interactive deserves a big pat on the pack for recognising the shortcomings of the first Kane & Lynch, going back to the drawing board to create something that's not only infinitely better, but also hugely entertaining and enjoyable in spite of its flaws.
  16. Kane and Lynch 2 is a definite improvement over its predecessor, but it still has some flaws. The cover system is still clunky and the singleplayer campaign is definitely too short. Still, the game has a great style. It's movie-like, with a charismatic leading pair of characters, original online modes and the added treat of the co-op campaign. It could've been more, but as it is, it's just a pretty good shooter.
  17. 82
    If you are looking for action, difficulty and a good story with lots of politically incorrect humour, this is your game.
  18. You´ll either love it or hate it but there are things about Kane & Lynch 2 that won´t make you forget it. The graphics are refreshingly unique, the characters shine like dark diamonds out of the mass of your-average-videogame-hero and the story will shock you. But please, do not talk about the gunplay, ever.
  19. Like its protagonists, Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days is flawed. The single-player game is quite short, the story ends rather abruptly, and the difficulty of Arcade mode ramps up a bit too slowly.
  20. 75
    Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days is a good game for those that are tired of the classical shooter games. It's not the best game out there but it will guarantee you a lot of entertainment filled hours.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 121 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 121
  2. Negative: 50 out of 121
  1. Aug 17, 2010
    This game is not so bad. Forget the review scores. Let your mind go, relax, drink beer, chill out and blast your way through a catharticThis game is not so bad. Forget the review scores. Let your mind go, relax, drink beer, chill out and blast your way through a cathartic experience. Forget ya troubles, just shot and kill. Who knows, ya might get a promotion.... Full Review »
  2. Aug 17, 2010
    Whether you judge the sequel on the first absolute flop your going to end up at the same place and thats a waste of time and effort. Kane andWhether you judge the sequel on the first absolute flop your going to end up at the same place and thats a waste of time and effort. Kane and Lynch 2 again tried to ride the wave of hype and promise that it will deliver and learn from its mistakes.

    Well as many games before it and Im sure many more to come, it delivers nothing new, with little excitement and tries to push grit and gore on you in cut scene's as it knows the gameplay will just simply bore you to tears. Kane and Lynch 2 follows more in the footsteps of Reservoir Dogs ( the game ), Stranglehold, WET, Army of Two ( 1 and 2) and then every other FPS out there. However the story lines, game play, graphics, physics, and general game play were done so much better even from games made long before this coaster or dust collector. Whether it be from incredible poor AI, a graphics system destined on providing you an image of grainy gameplay in an attempt to create atmosphere yet even on a 50 Inch LED comes of as just old and outdated ( God I would hate to play this on an old 68 cm CRT ) or even have gore and risk in the cut scenes only to actually blur or cut out anything that would warrant the game get some sort of mention for pushing boundaries. I know I wasnt expecting much, and surely got even less than I expected but to see games on new consoles being delivered with hype time and time again and then seeing nothing more than out dated, heartless, boring, run of the mill rubbish its a wonder that people arent just packing up the console and moving on to something else. Yet as we come out a global financial crisis, people are still getting payed to release absolute rubbish, dont waste your time or money just hang in there and hope this crap is just a bad dream.
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  3. Aug 17, 2010
    I didn't know a game shorter than Call of Duty existed. This game proved me wrong. The visual 'artifacts' are just used to cover up the crappyI didn't know a game shorter than Call of Duty existed. This game proved me wrong. The visual 'artifacts' are just used to cover up the crappy textures and shoddy AI. The animation of the characters was horrible as well. Its just a poor shooter overall, when you can play games like Gears of War. I admit the online was kinda fun for a while, but I imagine its going to be dead in a few months. Rent it, or pick it up from the bargain bin in a years time, but I really can't recommend buying this at full price. Full Review »